Senator for Nandi County Wakili Cherargei Kiprotich has called for a spirited fight against graft in the country to achieve “freedom from corruption”.
Speaking during the commemoration of Madaraka Day, Cherargei said despite the progress made since Kenya attained self-rule, corruption has derailed the country from achieving significant economic growth.
He said as the country celebrates freedom and self-rule and take stock of achievements, the greatest impediment to possible further development has always been corruption which persists to date.
He said there is greater need to agitate for freedom from the bondage of corruption.
“As we celebrate Kenya’s self-rule with pride there is the issue of corruption corroding our country; increase in farmer’s woes, youth unemployment, poor infrastructure, lack of quality education, poor healthcare, poverty, – the main cause for all these problems is corruption which hinders our economic growth,” he said.
He said corruption is rooted everywhere in the country and there is need to take stringent measures to curb the menace and bring down the level of corruption.
Citing the recent NCPB Maize scandal and the NYS scandal Cherargei said this were the results of corruption which is poisoning the country.
Remarking on the NCPB maize scandal, Cherargei said it has left farmers suffering with many yet to be paid their dues and many still with produce in their stores unable to sell.
The Senator said all those bestowed with the responsibility to work at the NCPB must take responsibility and own their misdeeds.
He called for the arrest and prosecution of all NCPB officials and other individuals involved in the scandal.
“The Director of Criminal Investigations, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Judiciary must identify those engaged in malpractice and ensure they are arraigned in a court of law,” said Cherargei.
“Those who took NCPB money fraudulently must be held accountable. We must be told how money meant for farmers ended up in pockets of a few traders.” He added.
According to the Senator, all those traders who lied that they are farmers and managed to deliver their produce to the NCPB must be arrested.
“Those who want to do business should find genuine enterprises to venture into and not to eat into farmers money” he said.
He called on relevant government departments to take the responsibility to investigate all those mentioned in all the corrupt dealings.
The vocal Senator noted that countries with no corruption or less corruption have achieved the highest levels of economic growth. He said the country should learn from such countries and eradicate corruption.
He said there is need to ensure efficiency in all government institutions and strong political will to initiate and sustain anti-corruption work. He said if public systems operate efficiently, society in general develops social trust and becomes less tolerant to corruption.
“There is need to pluck the roots of corruption in the public sector. People should understand how corruption bleeds our society and economy,” he said.
“In the dawn of Kenya’s 56th Independence, the recent Maize scandal and the NYS scandal makes us feel that “freedom from corruption” is what we need and great development will follow automatically,” he said.
“Let our next generation celebrate the freedom from corruption and let them see the new Kenya which is yet to be born,” he added.
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